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Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its Executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement. (226967)

We have details of receptions given by the Wales Office. My predecessor hosted two Christmas receptions in the financial year 2007-08, one in London and one in Cardiff. They were attended by parliamentarians, journalists and those with an interest in Welsh affairs generally. The cost was £5,058.